League One side Bristol Rovers have removed first team manager Paul Trollope from his post after they headed out of a cup competition last night. The Gas lost on penalties to Exeter City in the Football League Trophy, in a week that saw them thrashed 6-2 by Sheffield Wednesday and fall into the relegation zone in League One.
Trollope has been placed on gardening leave by Rovers, pending discussions to sever his contract. He was one of the Football League's longest serving managers, having been put in charge after the departure of Ian Atkins in 2005, albeit as a First Team Coach working under a Director of Football. Trollope was more recently retitled as First Team Manager when Lennie Lawrence left the Director's post, and now they will need to fill the main managerial post. Chairman Nick Higgs has said that recent results forced the club's decision:
"We have become concerned with results and performances this season and the recent slide down the table. We now find ourselves in the bottom four, with attendances dropping off rapidly, and the board felt that immediate action was needed to make the necessary changes and try and reclaim something from this season. We now hope to make a prompt appointment to take over the managerial role and get the club moving back in the right direction."
As yet, they have not indicated who will be in charge for their League One fixture on Saturday.
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